Global Success Story Coeus-FIBI
How the MIT and Other Ivy League Universities Developed Their Own IT Solution
and Change the World of Research Administration
You want to know how the big players do it? An insider scoops on how Massachusetts Institute of Technology built a research administration platform ground-up and then collaborated with similar premier research institutions to create a consortium – the Coeus Consortium.
The MIT is the world’s leading technology institute. This reputed ivy league university has educated many famous IT entrepreneurs such as Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel, Danny Hillis, co-founder of the company Thinking Machines, and William (Bill) Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett Packard.
The technical architect and development manager of Coeus, Sabari Nair from MIT, will be sharing his experiences and insights into the process of designing, developing, and implementing this software – which is being taken over in the form of FIBI by major universities and research institutions all over the world, giving them a real competitive edge in electronic research administration (ERA). More than 75 internationally renowned universities are currently applying FIBI as their ERA tool of choice – changing and improving the global standards of cooperation in research.
Hear the story. Learn from the ups and downs. Interrogate speaker Sabari Nair with your questions. And take home the inspiration from this unique success story about an idea and its worldwide effects.
Located in Boston, MA, USA, since 1995, Sabari Nair graduated as MSc in Computer Science from the University of Kerala, India. Before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and re-settling in the US, he has done R&D work in the government-related Indian Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and later supported different Tata companies as a systems analyst.
Sabari Nair joined the MIT to design a ERA (electronic research administration) tool from ground-up to meet the university's growing need to manage its comprehensive research volumes which had just crossed one billion US Dollars a few years back – Coeus was born. As the technical architect and development Manager of this new ERA tool, he also oversaw the roll-out to other Ivy League universities which formed the Coeus Consortium, a highly efficient research collaboration group.
The consortium's standards in research administration set the benchmark on an international level - which is why this customized ERA tool, licenced by the name of FIBI, has been spread globally. Currently more than 75 leading universities all over the world are using this ERA solution for handling their funded projects and research work.
Sabari Nair is also the founder and head of GenesisTec Inc (US), Polus Software Pvt. Ltd. (India), and Polus Solutions (US) and exclusive holder of the FIBI licence.
Jnm Consulting Tour in India
Connecting Networks, Ideas & Businesses
March-April 2018 – The tour plan:
- Bengaluru (Bangalore) │18-19 March
- Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) │20-21 March
- Mumbai │22-24 March
- Kerala │ 25 March-11 April
- Pune │12-13 April
- Mumbai │14-15 April
Global Security Standards
The Story of an Indian IT Company
14 June, 2017 – Jnm Consulting organised an exclusive afterwork event for its partner company Polus Software Pvt. Ltd. at the heart of Berlin, at the Berlin Event Location (BE.L) at Potsdamer Platz. The topic was presented by Associate Director Ajin Thomas.
Data security is key when it comes to handling your corporate information digitally. And although India is a growing IT hub, German companies have shown a certain tentativeness in making the best use of these opportunities.
Participants of this exclusive networking event learned more about how and why using IT services from abroad is not only secure, but benefits their business in terms of lower costs and increased flexibility.
By sharing the experiences of Polus Software Pvt. Ltd., an international IT company located in the booming Technopark in Trivandrum/India, Ajin Thomas gave them insights into Polus' strategy to assure international security standards in their projects.
His presentation received a lot of acknowledgement from the participants. All guests stayed much longer than planned and enjoyed their interested talks in the networking part of the evening along with delicious snacks and drinks.
Market Exploration Trip to India
Six booming cities – six exciting stops on our tour:
May 2017 – The tour plan:
- Mumbai │8-10 May
- Pune │10-13 May
- Bengaluru (Bangalore) │14-17 May
- Chennai │17-20 May
- Cochin │21-24 May
- Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) │24-27 May
Diverse mega city with contrasts, colours, and opportunities
8-10 April, 2017 – The first stop on our market exploration trip: Mumbai. Its heat greeted us right at the airport, although it was nighttime when we – Juliane and Nikhilesh – landed. Being a Mumbaikar, Nikhilesh had arranged for his college friends to pick us up which made it very easy for me to reach the hotel. Nikhilesh would stay with his family of course … who had no idea he was coming. See how he surprised them in his YouTube video!
Green and growing – the German hub in India
10-13 April, 2017 – The second stop on our market exploration trip leads us to Pune. This beautiful city is not far away from Mumbai, roughly about 150 km, so we took the bus to travel there. On the way, we crossed through mountains, because Pune is situated on a plateau. This university and military city also belongs to the federal state of Maharashtra. But unlike Mumbai with its 12.5 Million inhabitants, Pune is only a quarter of that size. The city is surprisingly green, even in the centre, with lots of banyan trees. And it is known to be the largest German hub in India, representing one sixth of all Indo-German trade. This is mainly thanks to its significant position in the automotive industry. Large German corporations like Volkswagen, Daimler, and MAN as well as their suppliers have production sites here. Pune is also known as a BPO services location, i.e. with lots of call centres. The Goethe Institute offers the respective language skills and by this creates an increasing interest of Indian students in the German market.
Start-Ups, Shopping, and Milkshakes
14-17 May, 2017 – The third city on our tour is Bengaluru. It is the capital of the federal state of Karnataka and known until 2014 by the name of Bangalore. Traditionally, the city has largely benefitted from being India’s primary aerospace location. Meanwhile more and more IT companies such as Amazon, Infosys, or Tata Consulting Services have settled down here – a fact which led to Bengaluru being called the ‘Indian Silicon Valley’. The comparatively moderate temperatures and a dry summer climate are said to be a reason for this development. But especially in the last years, many trees of this so-called ‘garden city’ have been cut to make way for new buildings and infrastructure projects. Locals state that this has caused the climate to become more extreme. And it was indeed a comparatively hot weather when my colleague Nikhilesh and I visited Bengaluru. And official authorities confirm that the ground water stocks of the city have been reduced drastically since 2012 and are close to zero by now.